The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) has given firm assurances that the 2020 edition of the World Trade Promotion Organizations (WTPO) Conference scheduled for Accra in May will be held as planned.
The continuous impact of corona virus infections which has disrupted a number of business activities and social events pushed the Authority to take a second look at the high rate of infections worldwide.
However, in a move to cement confidence of key stakeholders including the International Trade Centre (ITC) and all sovereign Trade Promotion Organisations, GEPA has insisted that the event will be held.
After winning the bid to host the event in 2018 in France ahead of several contesting countries such as Turkey, Egypt and Kenya, GEPA in collaboration with its stakeholders has been putting in place effective measures aimed at ensuring a successful event.
This comes at a time where the continent with over 1.2 billion people and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of nearly US$3 trillion is preparing to soon implement the pan African trade policy – the African Continental Free Trade Area – in July this year.
The event seeks to address the current trade environment and the uncertainties that might arise, along with outlining what it will take for organizations to adapt and thrive in the emergent globalized business ecosystem.
Keynote speeches will address the ecological, digital, social and geopolitical revolutions that are changing the world and affecting trade, and will outline the change in purpose and culture that organizations should undergo in advancing a human-centric approach, the ITC revealed.
GEPA has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for hosting the World Trade Promotion Organization (WTPO) Conference and Awards 2020 in Accra, Ghana.